A Christmas Classic, Actually

It’s the time of year for feel-good films and what better to watch than Love Actually (2003). With its Christmassy take on ‘Love Is All Around’ sung by none other than Bill Nighy, its start plunges the viewer five weeks before Christmas in not one, but nine interconnecting plots.

It marked Richard Curtis’ directorial debut but more than that, it is one of Britain’s best-remembered films, not least because its star-studded cast which presents life with its ups and downs but ultimately, also with the message that love is, actually, all around.

There are a multitude of reasons to love this film and here are ten reasons why it should be on your ‘to re-watch’ list this season:

1. The opening sequence accompanying the voice over will give you a warm fuzzy feeling and what’s more, those loving scenes are real! Curtis states that hidden cameras were put up in Heathrow Airport to record random real-life scenarios and then people were asked for permission to incorporate the clips into the film.

2. The enchanting instrumental end to the wedding mass towards the start of the film, with Keira Knightley as a bonus for the lads.

3. Not only is this one of Emma Thompson’s best performances ever, but thanks to a fat suit she looks much more the same size as us mere mortals than usual! Speaking of weight, check out Claudia Schiffer’s plumped up cheeks! Yet better than that, Hugh Grant’s handsome Prime Minister character falls in love with a woman with “a pretty sizeable ass” as Annie, his personal advisor, puts it.

4. Speaking of the dishy Prime Minister, his sexy dance to golden oldie ‘Jump (For My Love)’ when he thinks no one is watching is a real treat.

5. As is Rowan Atkinson’s jewellery salesman character, Rufus. No matter how many times you watch this, he will always make you laugh. As will Alan Rickman’s expressions of exasperation.

6. You get to see Andrew Lincoln as a regular and soppy person, rather than a leader of survivors against zombie nation in The Walking Dead.

7. Cute little Sam (played by the now not-so-little Thomas Brodie-Sangster) admitting to being, actually, in love.

8. Gives hope that there can be a fairytale ending even for the shy and boring common person, such as Jamie (played by Colin Firth).

9. You get to see a nativity play in which there are lobsters and an octopus.

10. Last, but not least, an interpretation of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by the young actress Olivia Olson as Joanna.